The past is often said to be a foreign country. This programme features audio postcards from some of the inhabitants. The Leicester Tape Recording Club was a club for tape recording enthusiasts active in the sixties and seventies. Like a latter day Mass Observation, amateur radio producers and documentary makers sometimes unintentionally captured the minutiae of a now surreal suburbia. A forgotten world of bri-nylon, briar pipes and tank-tops met an arcane society who spoke of tape-speeds and soldering irons. This programme takes a nostalgic and humorous look at the club and its members. Ex-members memories wow and flutter like their disintegrating reel-to-reel recordings. This is a story not just of a club but a community, a community of hobbyists, amateurs and charming personalities who captured otherwise long extinct phenomena like "The Golden Wonder Boy". Memories are made of hiss.
June 9, 2013 Subject:
I enjoyed this recording. I like the sounds you hear on old tapes, reel to reel, cassette, 8 track and otherwise. I enjoy hearing from the old folks and old formats. The new technology is spectacular. The old formats are nostalgic.